The song was first mentioned in print inwhen it was published in the first edition of The Story of the Jubilee Singers : With Their Songsby J. Marsh page Burleigh] completed the last of his several influential arrangements, the song had become very popular in recitals. It has been called "perhaps the best known and best-loved spiritual".
It has been sung in several films, including the film Deep River - Kenneth Spencer - American Spirituals (Shellac of Show Boat when it was sung by Laura La Plante - dubbed by Eva Olivetti Paul Robeson performed it accompanied by a large male chorus in the movie The Proud Valley and it was sung by Chevy Chase in the blockbuster hit National Lampoon's Vacation.
The melody was also adapted into the song " Dear Old Southland ", by Henry Creamer and Turner Layton in and it enjoyed popular success in with versions by Paul Whiteman and by Vernon Dalhart. Deep river, My home is over Jordan. Deep river, Lord. I want to cross over Deep River - Kenneth Spencer - American Spirituals (Shellac campground. Deep River, My home is over Jordan. Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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